Thursday marks the third straight game and eight of 11 on the bench for Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor while he deals with a neck issue. An issue that has plagued him for most of September and has limited him to only 4 hits all month (.100 average).
Before Thursday’s matinee in Colorado, manager Dave Roberts shared the update with the media.
Chris Taylor is feeling better but the Dodgers will stay away from him again today.
The mobility is improving and will swing the bat today pregame.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 23, 2021
With CT remaining out, the team has needed to play a bit out of position over the last week plus. Cody Bellinger is, of course, sidelined with a fractured rib. Gavin Lux — a career infielder — is playing a lot of left field and has now slid to centerfield for the first time in his career and second time as a pro.
Chances are that Taylor still won’t end up on the injured list, particularly now with AJ Pollock back in the mix, but the longer he stays out, the more concerning it is for Dodgers fans as we get closer to the postseason.
LA heads to Arizona for three games starting Friday before returning home for the final six games of the regular season. They open play on Thursday chasing the Giants by two games in the NL West.